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Liv Tyler Joins Second Season of “Harlots”

Tyler in “The Leftovers”: Paul Schiraldi

Liv Tyler is swapping the all-white attire of the Guilty Remnant for the vivid corsets and powdered wigs of Greek Street. According to Deadline, the “Leftovers” actress has joined the next season of “Harlots” as a series regular. Tyler will reportedly portray the aristocrat Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam.

“Long-held secrets keep [Tyler’s character] in the thrall of Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), and she is an increasingly desperate victim of Lydia’s blackmail,” the source summarizes. “Trapped in a loveless marriage, Lady Fitz will find an unexpected friend and ally in courtesan Charlotte Wells (Jessica Brown Findlay).”

Created, written, directed, and exec produced by an all-women team, “Harlots” follows the rivalry between two madams in 18th century London, Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and Lydia Quigley, as well as the lives of the women they employ. The May finale of the Hulu/ITV drama’s first season saw Margaret’s daughter Charlotte, the most revered harlot in the city, defect to Lydia’s brothel.

Coky Giedroyc (“The Sound of Music Live”) and China Moo-Young (“Call the Midwife”) helmed three installments each of “Harlots’” inaugural eight-episode season, and Jill Robertson (“Last Tango in Halifax”) directed two. Per Deadline, Giedroyc will serve as lead director on Season 2, which is expected to debut sometime in 2018.

Tyler starred as Meg Abbott, a grieving daughter turned cult leader, on the HBO dystopian series “The Leftovers.” The show ended after three seasons in June. You can catch Tyler next in “Wildling,” a fantasy drama currently in post-production. She’s also filming “Gunpowder,” a BBC miniseries about Guy Fawkes and his followers.

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Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid Romance 'Last Tango in Halifax' Will Have a Second Season on PBS

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Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid Romance 'Last Tango in Halifax' Will Have a Second Season on PBS
It may not be as... athletic in its portrayals of intimacy as the Bertolucci film to which its title is a nod, but British romantic drama "Last Tango in Halifax" was a hit on PBS last year, and is slated to return for a second season this summer. The BBC series stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia, two childhood sweethearts who rekindle their romance 60 years after they first met, and its success speaks again to the power of underserved older audiences eager to see characters to which they can relate. Season two of the drama will premiere on PBS on June 29 at 8pm. Jacobi also stars in the new sitcom "Vicious," which will join the lineup on Sunday, July 6 at 10:30pm. "Last Tango in Halifax" is written by Sally Wainwright (“Scott and Bailey") and directed by Euros Lyn ("Sherlock") and Jill Robertson ("Law & Order: UK
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ITV Reups ‘Law & Order: UK’ For Season 8

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After Season 7 consistently won its time slot this year on ITV, the network has ordered an eighth season of Law & Order: UK. Shooting starts next month on the British version of the franchise for broadcast in 2014. Bradley Walsh, Georgia Taylor, Paterson Joseph and Dominic Rowan are returning with newcomer Ben Bailey Smith (Derek) joining the force. The new season will be produced by Jane Dauncey. Alison Jackson and Jane Featherstone will executive produce for Kudos Film and Television. The scripts are written by Nick Hicks Beach, Tom Grieves, Richard Stokes, Matt Evans, Jamie Crichton, Louise Ironside and Noel Farragher. Mat King, Joss Agnew and Jill Robertson will direct. Averaging 5.4M viewers, Season 7 maintained a 21.3% share. Previous seasons have aired in the U.S. on BBC America.
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